Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

Pictured here is the white form of the Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila).

Belonging to the genus Calandrinia (also known as the parakeelyas), Australia has some 40 species of the 150 species worldwide, of which Central Australia and the Northern Territory have 11 species.

The following images appear to be the Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila). These were found growing around the water-filled claypans south of Alice Springs.

It is a small delicate fleshy looking plant with mostly basal leaves, that vary from green to pink in colour. The flowers are approximately 3 to 5 mm across, on stems up to 10 cm long, and with 5 to 6 petals.

Tiny Purslane white form (Calandrinia pumila), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Tiny Purslane white form (Calandrinia pumila), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

The flowers are normally a pale pink, lilac or pale purple in colour, although the following are a white form of the Tiny Purslane, discovered at the Ilparpa Claypans, that was filled with water at the time, having received an unusual amount of rain since the beginning of the year. For the flora enthusiasts, this ephemeral clay pan contains numerous flora species, especially evident this spring due to all the rainfall.

Tiny Purslane white form (Calandrinia pumila), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Tiny Purslane white form (Calandrinia pumila), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Tiny Purslane white form (Calandrinia pumila), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Tiny Purslane white form (Calandrinia pumila), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Tiny Purslane white form (Calandrinia pumila), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Tiny Purslane white form (Calandrinia pumila), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific Classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Caryophyllanae
  • Order: Caryophyllales
  • Family: Portulacaceae
  • Genus: Calandrinia
  • Species: Calandrinia pumila

Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

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